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17 rebels, 2 security personnel dead in Logar firefight

17 rebels, 2 security personnel dead in Logar firefight

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Jun 14, 2015 - 10:53

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Fierce fighting between security forces and Talibaninfo-icon claimed lives of 17 militants and two security personnel on Sunday in Azra district of central Logar province, an official said on Sunday.

Mohammad Dawood Ahmadi, provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the gun battle took place when hundreds of heavily-armed militants stormed the district offices at around 2: 00 am.

The firefight lasted for nine hours in which 17 Taliban and two security forces were killed and 21 insurgents and three security forces injured in the fight, Ahmadi said, adding that civilians remained unhurt while security forces got complete control over the area.

Abdul Wali, a provincial council member, said five civilians were killed during the fight. Besides, the local residents had been suffered financial losses because of heavy shelling that targeted residential areas.

Taliban militants have not commented on the incident so far.

The Azra district is situated 90 kilometers to the east of Pul-i-Alam where Taliban cut all communication with Logar for the last nine years.

The residents of the locality are forced to travel to Kabulinfo-icon through Nangarhar.

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